According to the National Farmers’ Federation, a first order of business for Australia’s next Federal Parliament must be to ratify the Indonesia-Australia trade agreement.
NFF CEO Tony Mahar said the now signed Indonesia-Australian Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement was crucial for Australian agriculture and represented money direct into the pockets of farmers: ” IA-CEPA will deliver improved market access for live cattle, feed grains … sugar, fruit, carrots, potatoes and honey. The agreement has the support of both major parties, but we are yet to see it introduced to Parliament. Doing so must be a first order of business for the 46th Parliament.”
“The Coalition and Labor have long agreed on the need for trade policies that promote Australian exports and drive competitiveness at home. The NFF celebrates the strong bipartisanship we’ve seen on trade for many years.”
Mahar said this included the ratification of the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement; putting agriculture’s interests at the heart of negotiations with the European Union and strengthening trade ties with China and India.